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-1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Airport Delta Air Lines World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Atlanta World's busiest airport Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Southwest Airlines Airline
Booking a flight to Cuba? Here's what to expect now
As flights to Cuba's smaller cities launch, U.S. fliers face a different airport experience.         
436 points by Arizona Republic | Cuba Airport Southwest Airlines Airline José Martí Delta Air Lines Cubans Cuban convertible peso
Booking an early flight to Cuba? Here's what to expect
As flights to Cuba's smaller cities launch, U.S. fliers face a different airport experience.         
436 points by Arizona Republic | Cuba Airport Southwest Airlines Airline José Martí Delta Air Lines Cubans Cuban convertible peso
Lawsuit aims to prevent Alaska Airlines-Virgin America deal
Consumers have filed a lawsuit to block Alaska Airlines’ purchase of Virgin America ...
73 points by Las Vegas Sun | Southwest Airlines Airline Delta Air Lines Aircraft US Airways Northwest Airlines Avianca Low-cost carrier
Remember Southwest's 'Wanna Get Away' ads? They're back!
Humorous ads first debuted in 1998 but have been dormant since 2008.         
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Frontier Airlines to launch daily service to Havana on Dec. 1 — but from Denver, you’ll have to stop in Miami first
Denver-based Frontier Airlines will launch service to Havana, Cuba on Dec. 1, with once-daily flights between Miami and the Cuban capital.
1775 points by The Denver Post | United Airlines Southwest Airlines Airline hub Delta Air Lines American Airlines John F. Kennedy International Airport Cuba US Airways
Drunken United passenger who shouted in Arabic diverts flight
A drunk United Airlines passenger who broke a bathroom door and shouted in Arabic caused an emergency landing, police said.
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Disabled Frenchman ponders suing EasyJet for kicking him off flight
A hemiplegic Frenchman with a half-paralyzed body who was removed from an EasyJet flight after he had already been helped to get on board found the experience humiliating and is now considering taking the airline to court. Read Full Article at
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16-year-old boy shot in Marquette Park
A teenage boy was shot Friday afternoon in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Texas Southwest Airlines Martin Luther King Jr. Dallas San Antonio Polish American Silver Line Cook County Illinois
Boy, 16, shot in Marquette Park
A 16-year-old boy was shot Friday afternoon in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Texas Southwest Airlines Martin Luther King Jr. Dallas San Antonio Polish American Cook County Illinois Adelphi Theatre
Four people arrested with guns in carry-ons at Midway this month
Four people have been arrested with guns — three of which were loaded — in their carry-on luggage at Midway International Airport this month.
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Transportation Security Administration Beretta Firearm Southwest Airlines Semi-automatic pistol Federal Air Marshal Service Concealed carry in the United States Cartridge
Travel Trouble: WOW air, where's my $92 refund?
A few months ago, my WOW air flight from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Keflavik, Iceland, was delayed. That caused me and my travel companion to miss our connecting flight to Baltimore. The next day, WOW rerouted us to Washington Dulles International Airport on Icelandair. But our car was 60 miles away...
10 points by Chicago Tribune | Southwest Airlines Washington Dulles International Airport Airline US Airways United Airlines Delta Air Lines Air France Pan American World Airways
Trump’s Florida visits puts small airport in tailspin
The Secret Service closed Lantana Airport because of the president’s return to his Palm Beach resort.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Donald Trump President of the United States Palm Beach Florida Federal Air Marshal Service Southwest Airlines Mar-A-Lago Transportation Security Administration United States Secret Service
Board hires consultant to strategize for airport
With thousands of acres of land at its disposal, Pittsburgh International Airport wants to be ready should Ford, Uber or any number of spinoffs from the Shell cracker plant in Beaver County come calling.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pittsburgh International Airport US Airways Pennsylvania Southwest Airlines Allegheny County Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Airport JetBlue Airways
Delta Air Lines is bringing back free meals on some domestic flights
Apparently there is such a thing as a free lunch — at Delta Air Lines. The Atlanta-based carrier announced that it will offer free meals for all passengers on several long-haul domestic flights — a service that many airlines eliminated about a decade ago in the face of tight budgets and fierce...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | Delta Air Lines United Airlines John F. Kennedy International Airport Northwest Airlines Pan American World Airways Los Angeles International Airport American Airlines Southwest Airlines
At least four dead as powerful storm pounds Southern California
Daniel UriaFeb. 18 (UPI) -- At least four people died as the result of heavy rains and intense winds brought on by a powerful storm in Southern California.
5 points by UPI | California Southern California Inland Empire Los Angeles International Airport Southwest Airlines Orange County California San Bernardino County California Rain
OSHA finds BWI chief retaliated against whistle-blower in old job
A federal agency has made a preliminary ruling that the chief executive at BWI Marshall Airport, while in his previous job, retaliated against a whistle-blower who reported runway safety concerns to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration made a preliminary...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Runway Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Southwest Airlines Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Air safety Occupational safety and health United Airlines USA3000 Airlines
Two airplanes collide at Phoenix airport, no injuries reported
The Frontier and Southwest jets clipped wing tips on a taxiway at Sky Harbor International Airport around 8 p.m.
1 points by Daily News | Southwest Airlines US Airways United Airlines Boeing 737 Wingtip device Fixed-wing aircraft Wing Airbus A320 family
My Turn: Regulations are in place for a reason
One of the time-honored mantras of the Republican Party is their distaste for many government regulations. They claim that regulations choke freedom of expression, discourage creativity, impinge on personal liberties, and burden free enterprise with unnecessary costs that drive up the price of goods...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Airline Regulation Federal Aviation Administration Airport Federal government of the United States Avianca Southwest Airlines Airlines
Harrison Ford's close call in another airplane mishap was unusual and troubling, experts say
Harrison Ford’s close call at John Wayne Airport on Monday — in which he mistakenly landed on a taxiway as an American Airlines jet was preparing for takeoff — could have easily ended in disaster, aviation experts said, adding that the actor is likely to face some type of disciplinary action. Air...
731 points by Los Angeles Times | Southwest Airlines Air safety Air traffic control Airport Air traffic controller Federal Aviation Administration Los Angeles International Airport Runway
Surf Air plans to offer commuter flights between Hawthorne and San Diego
All-you-can-fly membership airline Surf Air plans to begin offering commuter service between Hawthorne Municipal Airport and San Diego’s Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport. Although the Santa Monica-based airline is confident the expanded service will begin sometime in this year’s second quarter,...
61 points by Los Angeles Times | Southwest Airlines California San Diego County California Delta Air Lines Pilatus PC-12 US Airways Airports in California Montgomery Field
Tourism official calls Trump’s foreign policy a challenge for international tourism promotion
Despite President Donald Trump’s attempted travel ban, local tourism officials are courting new airlines and promoting a welcoming message to international travelers at the Routes America 2017 conference underway at Aria in Las Vegas.
68 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Southwest Airlines Need Want Las Vegas Nevada Americas WANT Airline McCarran International Airport
Demotion of Cleveland airport whistleblower appears to have been in retaliation, OSHA finds
After a nearly two-year investigation, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a preliminary finding that a Cleveland Hopkins airport employee appears to have been demoted in retaliation for blowing the whistle on runway snowplowing problems. CLEVELAND, Ohio – The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a preliminary finding that a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport employee appears to have been demoted in retaliation for sounding the alarm on runway snowplowing problems and should be reinstated to his former position as airfield maintenance manager. In a letter this week to the city of Cleveland, OSHA Assistant Regional Administrator Mary Ann Howe wrote that the results of the agency's nearly two-year investigation suggest that Abdul-Malik Ali was warranted in blowing the whistle on a lack of de-icing chemicals and inadequate staffing on snow removal crews in recent winters. (Read the full letter in the document view below.) The letter goes on to say that Ali's demotion – the day after he met with an inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration to report the deficiencies – appears to be a form of retaliation for speaking out. That could constitute a violation of a federal law that protects employees from retaliation for reporting violations of FAA rules related to air carrier safety, the letter states. "The [city] has not demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that it would have taken the same unfavorable personnel actions in the absence of Complainant's protected activities," the letter says. Howe emphasizes that the agency's findings are not yet final and said the city has 10 business days to provide additional evidence supporting its position. OSHA also invited the city to propose a settlement. A city spokesman declined to comment Wednesday, stating that the matter is the subject of pending litigation. Ali's complaint to the Department of Labor in 2015 states that in February of that year, he told FAA inspector Michael Stephens that his crews had been understaffed in violation of an agreement the airport had reached with the FAA three months earlier, spelling out how many field maintenance employees must be on duty to combat snow and ice. The following day, then-Airport Director Ricky Smith removed Ali from his 15-year post as manager of field maintenance. Ali said he was transferred to the job of "assistant to the deputy commissioner," instructed to clear out his office, moved to what he called a "mop closet" behind the cab booking stand on the terminal baggage level at Hopkins and given "make-work" assignments such as counting trashcans. The city responded by pointing out that Smith, at the time, was unaware of what Ali had told the FAA, and that Ali's conversation with the inspector was not the reason for his demotion. Instead, the city asserted, Smith reassigned Ali because of a long history of complaints that he was a poor manager and because of an incident – coincidentally on the day Ali spoke with the FAA inspector -- in which Ali was "too intoxicated to come into work during a snow event." Ali contends that he was off the clock at the time and was drinking a beer at home when he was ordered to return to the airport. The city called it the final straw that led to his transfer. In the following months, however, the FAA validated Ali's report of staffing shortages that led to runway snow and ice control problems. In September 2015, FAA officials sent the city notices of violations, listing dozens of dates when staffing at Hopkins fell far short of requirements, leaving inches of snow and ice uncleared from the taxiways and runways. Some of the most egregious infractions stemmed from a day in March of that year, when the airport's field maintenance crew was understaffed on all shifts -- with only four out of the required 18 maintenance operators working third shift -- despite a forecast calling for several inches of snow. As a result, snow and ice accumulated on runways, pilots refused to land, reporting poor braking conditions, and one taxiway went without anti-icing chemicals until well after midnight, the FAA found. The airport also failed to alert air carriers of the poor conditions and to deter planes from taxiing or landing on slick, hazardous surfaces, according to the FAA. The FAA proposed a civil penalty of $735,000. Last May, the city agreed to pay a $200,000 fine and pledged to improve its snow and ice control plan as part of a settlement with the agency. The city, however, has maintained that the incidents in question posed no risk to the flying public. While the FAA was investigating, Smith announced that he would be leaving the post he had held since 2006 to serve as the CEO and executive director of the Maryland Aviation Administration, responsible for overseeing public-use airports statewide. Ali's attorney, Subodh Chandra, said in an interview Wednesday that Ali feels vindicated by the findings of the FAA and OSHA. But he remains "hurt and baffled by the fact that no one presently in charge seems to be willing to do the right thing." "It is no shock that OSHA has determined that the city retaliated against Mr. Ali for reporting safety violations to the FAA," Chandra said. "But what remains shocking is the apparent continued unwillingness of the present airport administration and the mayor to take Mr. Ali out of the broom closet to which he was relegated and put him back in charge of keeping the traveling public safe. 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399 points by The Plain Dealer | Runway Southwest Airlines Airport Federal Aviation Administration Snow Delta Air Lines Airline Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
American Eagle jet hits deer on takeoff, returns to airport
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Authorities say an American Eagle flight struck a deer while taking off from the Charlotte, North Carolina, international airport, forcing it to turn around and abort a flight to Gulfport, Miss.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | North Carolina Southwest Airlines John F. Kennedy International Airport Delta Air Lines American Airlines United Airlines US Airways Wing
Growth motivates new Detroit Metro Airport CEO
Joseph Nardone inherits facility that served 34.4 million passengers in 2016, a million more than the year before        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Delta Air Lines Northwest Airlines SkyTeam Spirit Airlines Metro Detroit Southwest Airlines World's busiest airports by passenger traffic
FAA to investigate Harrison Ford after potentially serious incident
Stephen FellerFeb. 14 (UPI) -- A plane piloted by Harrison Ford narrowly missed a commercial airliner while landing Monday in what FAA officials say could have been a serious accident.
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Harrison Ford's plane in airliner mishap

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Berkshire raises stakes in airlines, Apple
Investments in American Airlines Group, Delta Air Lines and United Continental Holdings rose to $2 billion each        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett Airline Southwest Airlines Delta Air Lines GEICO Omaha Nebraska Bill Gates
Report: Harrison Ford has jet run-in at Calif. airport
Ford, who was told to land on a runway, mistakenly landed on a parallel taxiway, passing over an American Airlines jet        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Southwest Airlines Orange County California Air traffic control Federal Aviation Administration Los Angeles International Airport Airport Airline Runway
Harrison Ford lands illegally while piloting private plane
Harrison Ford reportedly landed illegally at a California airport while flying his private plane Monday.
571 points by Daily News | Southwest Airlines Airport Runway NBC Nightly News Air traffic control Airline Landing Orange County California
Harrison Ford involved in close call at John Wayne Airport; FAA investigating
Actor and vintage plane buff Harrison Ford was involved in a close-call incident involving a 737 passenger jet at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday, and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. FAA officials did not disclose the name of the pilot involved in the incident...
3790 points by Los Angeles Times | Air safety Southwest Airlines Air traffic control Federal Aviation Administration Airport Runway Santa Monica California Aviat
Report: Harrison Ford has jet run-in at California airport
BC-TV says actor Harrison Ford had a potentially serious run-in with an airliner at a Southern California airport. NBC reports that Ford, an experienced pilot, was told to land on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday, but he mistakenly landed on a parallel taxiway, passing...
174 points by Chicago Tribune | Southwest Airlines Orange County California Airport Los Angeles International Airport Runway Air traffic control John Wayne Federal Aviation Administration
Flight returns to IAH, passengers evacuated after smoke reported in cockpit
A United Airlines flight headed from Houston to Florida was forced to return to the runway after reports of smoke in the cockpit, according to an airport spokesman.
3 points by The Houston Chronicle | Airport Flight News Continental Airlines United Airlines Runway Breaking news Southwest Airlines
Harrison Ford Involved in ‘Potentially Serious’ Passenger Plane Incident (Report)
Harrison Ford had a “potentially serious” incident while piloting his private plane on Monday in an incident that is now being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a report by NBC Nightly News. The actor landed on the wrong runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, which put him near a full passenger... Read more »
3971 points by Variety | Southwest Airlines Airport NBC Nightly News John Wayne NBC Orange County California NBC News MSNBC
FAA releases air traffic control audio in Lake Erie plane crash that killed 6
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released nearly 16 hours of air traffic control audio from Dec. 29, 2016, the night when a plane carrying six people crashed into Lake Erie. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released audio recordings Monday of air traffic controllers' conversations on the night that a plane carrying six people - including a family of four - crashed into Lake Erie. The FAA released more than 16 hours of audio recordings to On the recordings, air traffic controllers and other airport officials can be heard discussing the missing Cessna Citation 525 after it disappeared over Lake Erie on the night of Dec. 29, 2016. One air traffic controller from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the other, who was stationed at Burke Lakefront, spoke to make sure that the plane had not just dropped off one radar system but in fact had disappeared. The two also decided to call in the necessary officials to initiate a search-and-rescue effort. You can listen to the conversation between the two controllers in the video above. In January, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a preliminary report on the crash. The report gave a timeline for the plane's takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport and the subsequent disappearance of the aircraft. The plane, flown by Ohio beverage distribution company CEO John Fleming, was cleared for takeoff at 10:56 p.m., the NTSB report states. The air traffic controller instructed Fleming to head west but turn back eastbound and maintain an altitude of 2,000 feet. However, the plane dropped off radar after it turned eastward and reached an altitude of 2,925. About five seconds after the plane's first data point was recorded, the plane quickly descended and disappeared from the radar about 10:57 p.m., the report says. Fleming, of Columbus, was on the plane with his wife, their two sons and the family's neighbors. The passengers had flown to Cleveland to watch a Cavaliers basketball game.  Searchers worked for weeks to locate debris and human remains from the plane. The city of Cleveland officially ended the search on Jan. 17.
78 points by The Plain Dealer | Air traffic control Air safety National Transportation Safety Board Ohio Airport Southwest Airlines Runway Control tower
Three people busted for carrying guns at LaGuardia Airport
Three people were busted after trying to bring guns on their flights at LaGuardia Airport.
152 points by Daily News | Southwest Airlines LaGuardia Airport Texas Airline American Airlines JetBlue Airways Dallas Delta Air Lines
Allegiant Air launches service in Cleveland; 4 things to know about Hopkins' newest carrier
Industry experts expect the competition among Spirit, Frontier and now Allegiant to stimulate demand and drive down airfares in Cleveland even more. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Exactly how cheap are Cleveland travelers? We're about to find out. Starting Wednesday, the nation's three largest ultra-low-cost airlines will compete head-to-head at Cleveland Hopkins, the only mid-size airport in the United States where they'll fly to so many overlapping destinations. Industry experts expect the competition to stimulate demand and drive down airfares in Cleveland even more. Newest to the competition is Allegiant Air, the Las Vegas-based carrier that is leaving the Akron-Canton Airport after less than two years and moving to Cleveland Hopkins. Its first flight from Cleveland is Wednesday. Eventually, the carrier will serve 11 nonstop destinations from Cleveland, competing against Spirit Airlines or Frontier Airlines (or both) on at least seven of those routes. Critics of these bare-bones carriers say you get what you pay for: no in-flight entertainment, no peanuts and seats that don't recline. Even worse, they say, when weather or mechanical problems lead to delays and cancellations, passengers are sometimes stranded for days. Credit the dismantling of the United Airlines hub in 2014 for all this intense interest in Cleveland. Since United shuttered its hub, Hopkins has seen major expansions from several airlines, including Frontier, Spirit and JetBlue. Allegiant, founded in 1997, is different from most other carriers, even other low-cost airlines. Cleveland's ultra-low cost carriers COMPARING PRICES We picked a random week - the week of March 13 - and looked for the cheapest one-way fare available from Cleveland to four destinations on three competing airlines. We found some rock-bottom prices: Fort Myers/Punta Gorda Allegiant: $49 Frontier: $51 Spirit: $49.19 Orlando/Orlando Sanford Allegiant: $41 Frontier: $39 Spirit: $38.19 Phoenix/Phoenix-Mesa Allegiant: $67 Frontier: $99 Fort Lauderdale Allegiant: $42 Spirit: $39.99 COMPARING ON-TIME ARRIVALS Allegiant Percentage on time: 69 percent Average delay: 79 minutes Frontier Percentage on time: 71 percent Average delay: 67 minutes Spirit Percentage on time: 75 percent Average delay: 64 minutes Source: FlightStats; figures for January 2017 Here's what you need to know about Cleveland's newest carrier: Leisure destinations only Allegiant targets the leisure travel market exclusively, primarily north to south. From Cleveland, the airline will fly to six cities in Florida, plus Phoenix, New Orleans, Austin, Myrtle Beach and Savannah/Hilton Head. Many times, Allegiant flies into smaller, alternative airports (including Orlando Sanford, Punta Gorda and Phoenix-Mesa). Elsewhere, they fly into big, international airports, as in Austin, New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale. In addition to focusing only on leisure destinations, the airline also flies only on the most popular travel days. To New Orleans, for example, the carrier is flying Fridays and Mondays only, hoping to capitalize on weekend travelers. Allegiant is beginning with twice-weekly flights on all of its Cleveland routes, except Orlando Sanford (three times a week), Punta Gorda (three times a week) and St. Pete-Clearwater (four times a week). Fees, fees, and more fees Like its low-cost cousins, Allegiant entices travelers with super-low base fares that buy you a seat only. Most travelers need more: A checked bag is $20, a carry-on is $15 - but only if you pay for it when you buy your ticket. Otherwise, it's $45 or $50 (one-way). The price for an advanced seat assignment varies by flight, but starts at $10. And yes, of course, you'll pay for your Coke and chips. Allegiant also continues to charge an $8 fee to use a credit card to buy a ticket. The company also makes a big chunk of revenue from travelers who buy hotel rooms, rental cars and other vacation amenities on its site. Reliability and safety concerns Allegiant also saves money by flying older, used airplanes. Its fleet of 85 planes is the oldest among major U.S. carriers, with an average age of 22 years. When these older planes break down - and they do - it can create havoc for an airline that only flies to a destination two or three times a week. The Internet has an abundance of stories from unhappy Allegiant passengers, who have missed half of their vacation (or can't get home) because of flight delays and cancellations, caused by mechanical or weather issues. A bigger problem, according to the Tampa Bay Times, is whether the airline's planes are safe. The newspaper in November published the results of a major analysis of Federal Aviation Administration records, which concluded that Allegiant planes are four times as likely to fail during flight as those operated by other major U.S. airlines. The paper studied 65,000 records from 2015, and found that the average U.S. airline had about three unexpected landings caused by mechanical problems for every 10,000 flights. Allegiant had 12. The FAA last year cited Allegiant for a series of minor procedural infractions and required the airline to file a plan to address the findings, which it did last fall. In response to the newspaper's findings, Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher Jr. acknowledged that the airline needed to make some changes. "I don't disagree with the thrust of your numbers," he said in an interview with Times reporters. "We want to be well-known as being reliable and on time, and obviously safe, and that's an important part of our brand. And we're going to make sure we do those things. But if you stub your toe, step up and own it and move on." The airline is in the midst of phasing out its oldest airplanes, MD-80s that have been flying for nearly three decades. Last July, the carrier made its first-ever order for new airplanes, contracting with Airbus for 12 new A320s. Where they fly AllegiantFrontierSpirit Austin Atlanta Atlanta Destin, Fla. Cancun Boston Fort Lauderdale Charlotte Dallas Jacksonville Denver Fort Lauderdale Myrtle Beach Fort Myers Fort Myers New Orleans Houston Las Vegas Orlando Sanford Las Vegas Los Angeles Phoenix-Mesa Los Angeles Myrtle Beach Punta Gorda Minneapolis-St. Paul New Orleans Savannah/Hilton Head Orlando Orlando St. Pete-Clearwater Phoenix Tampa Portland Raleigh-Durham San Diego San Francisco Seattle Tampa Source: the airlines; note that not all routes have started and many are seasonal Cleveland's debut At least initially, Cleveland's new routes will be flown with a combination of MD-80s and Airbus 319s and 320s (to check which planes are used on which routes, see The carrier kicks off its service in Cleveland with a Wednesday afternoon flight to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. On Thursday, flights begin to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Punta Gorda and Savannah/Hilton Head. And Friday: Austin, New Orleans and Phoenix. Flights to Myrtle Beach start in April and to Destin, Florida, in May. With those 11 destinations, Hopkins will have more Allegiant destinations than any northern city except Cincinnati. Allegiant spokeswoman Krysta Levy said the airline has been pleased with ticket sales so far. "Northeast Ohio has always been an important area for Allegiant, and we're excited that we get to serve even more travelers with more new service for the area." In addition to its short history at Akron-Canton, Allegiant also flies to several destinations from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Cleveland's launch, however, marks a major expansion by the carrier - in a region that already has several low-cost carriers battling for customers. Tom Reich, an aviation consultant based in Washington, said he thinks Cleveland can support the additional capacity. "The pie is large enough," said Reich, director of air service development at AvPORTS, an airport management company. "Allegiant is coming to Cleveland because they see there's still a vacuum. If they thought the market was already saturated, they wouldn't come in." Todd Payne, chief of marketing and air service development at Hopkins, said Allegiant's aim is to actually grow the pie - by enticing more people to travel. "Air fares are going to continue to drop, for sure," he said. "This is a new test for their industry. Let's see how they do."
1096 points by The Plain Dealer | Southwest Airlines Airline Low-cost carrier US Airways Airline hub Airport Delta Air Lines AirTran Airways
Wi-Fi calls on planes OK? Answer is loud and clear: No
The Transportation Department has received more than 7,000 comments that almost universally urge a ban against Wi-Fi calls on planes.       
73 points by USA Today | Flight attendant Airline Delta Air Lines US Airways Southwest Airlines Pan American World Airways Aircraft Avianca
Crazed pilot rants about politics and divorce over plane intercom
A hysterical pilot dressed in civilian clothing took over an intercom on a San Francisco bound-flight and starting ranting about politics and her divorce, according to a report. The early morning diatribe at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport continued until the unnamed pilot–who was scheduled to charter the flight– was overcome by tears, and removed from the...
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JetBlue joins American in scaling back service to Cuba
When the Obama administration announced an agreement last year to allow regularly scheduled flights into Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, major U.S. airlines stumbled over each other to get access to the island nation. But now JetBlue says it is reducing its service to Cuba, becoming...
86 points by Los Angeles Times | Cuba Delta Air Lines American Airlines Los Angeles International Airport Southwest Airlines Northwest Airlines Alaska Airlines United States
Snow: 0.8-Gate? Recount changes total at PHL
Upon further review, Thursday's Philly snow total increased.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | US Airways Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport PHL Snow Republic Airlines Southwest Airlines Pittsburgh International Airport
Trump shows interest in privatizing air traffic control
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told airline and airport executives Thursday that he is interested in privatizing America’s air traffic control system and improving the nation’s airports and roads, which he called obsolete.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Southwest Airlines Federal Aviation Administration Air traffic control Airport Airline United Airlines Delta Air Lines Privatization
Veterinary group could host 300 Las Vegas events per year with site expansion
A Las Vegas-based nonprofit that holds one of the world’s largest veterinary conventions will more than double the size of its headquarters near McCarran International Airport.
233 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Building Fire protection Occupancy Construction Mandalay Bay Convention Center Buildings and structures in Paradise Nevada World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Southwest Airlines
Jason Derulo accuses American Airlines of racial discrimination
"If I wasn't Jason Derulo, I wouldn't be here right now," he said. "I'd be in f—king cuffs. It's 100 percent racial."
43 points by New York Post | Southwest Airlines Airline Aircraft Airport American Airlines Avianca Delta Air Lines Pan American World Airways
Customs officers in Pittsburgh intercept drugs hidden in wig shipment
Ben HooperFeb. 9 (UPI) -- Customs officers in Pittsburgh said they found about 110 pounds of narcotic khat hidden inside a shipment of wigs and hair extensions.
17 points by UPI | U.S. Customs and Border Protection Pennsylvania US Airways United Press International Pittsburgh International Airport Southwest Airlines JetBlue Airways Downtown Pittsburgh
Two 15-year-old boys shot in West Lawn
Two 15-year-old boys were shot Tuesday afternoon in the West Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
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Passenger traffic up in 2016 at Detroit Metro Airport
Nearly a million more airline passengers used Detroit Metropolitan Airport in 2016 than in the previous year.        
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Detroit Metro passenger traffic up second straight year
Metro had 34.4 million passengers come through its gates in 2016        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Delta Air Lines Southwest Airlines Airline Northwest Airlines Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Low-cost carrier Airline hub US Airways
Passenger traffic up in 2016 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) - Nearly a million more airline passengers used Detroit Metropolitan Airport in 2016 than in the previous year. Passenger traffic topped $34.4 million last year at the airport in Romulus, southwest of Detroit. Officials partly credit the 960,000 increase to new domestic and international service. The Wayne ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Metro Detroit Southwest Airlines Wayne County Michigan Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Detroit World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Delta Air Lines Romulus Michigan
Hit-and-run driver hits transformer, knocks out power to two DIA hangers
A suspected hit-and-run driver is in custody Tuesday morning after hitting a power transformer outside Denver International Airport and fleeing the scene, Denver Police said.
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